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Happy middle of August everyone. Summer is cruising right along! Thanks for tuning back in for another week 😊. As the blogs continue, I think they will begin to get a little shorter (unless I have something super important to talk about). Not every blog will necessarily be about POTS, but indirectly always will be since this is a blog about my adventures, and I have POTS haha. Remember to follow and share!
Part 1 – Life Lessons
I know to some of my readers I might seem like a young stallion (I am 26). But I am slowly getting older. I can feel it. The bones just don’t work the way they used to ha ha. I used to be able to dunk a basketball, but now it takes me 10 minutes of warming up just to touch the net. Rachel might argue that my diet has something to do with that. Debatable. The last 4 years of my life have taught me a lot. I might not have the “Life Wisdom” of a 70-year-old, but I have been through enough that I deserve some respect from the young-bloods trying to figure stuff out. Sometimes it takes getting sick (really really really sick) to realize how fortunate you have it.
Occasionally I daydream about what it would have been like to be a philosopher. Right alongside with Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle. I still don’t entirely understand the logistics of how they supported themselves just thinking about thinking (and I am pretty sure at least one of them died a pretty horrible death), but we still talk about them today because what they did was important for human growth. I know those of you who follow my Twitter account are frequently given some absolutely mind shattering advice from me. But for everyone else, here is the
DUDE WITH POTS LIFE LESSONS OF A 26-YEAR-OLD
- If you are physically able, mow your own lawn. For starters it can be good exercise (if you have a push mower). I know I know, some people might argue “what about the kids? The people who need lawns to earn money”. There are plenty of older people out there who need help. And everyone gets older every day. Secondly, it also is good for your mental health. When my Grandma was in the hospital just days away from passing, she told me that she wanted to get out so bad so that she could go home and mow her lawn. She was so proud of being able to mow her own lawn. Don’t take this ability for granted.
- Read more books. I saw a statistic one time that said a book takes on average two years of the authors life to complete. That is at the VERY LEAST two years of knowledge you gain by reading one book. Read 35 books you can have the wisdom of a 70 year old. Some of the wisest people I know (or have known) were high volume readers. There is an endless supply of knowledge out there for your taking.
- It is simple really, COMPOUND INTEREST. The money you earn from investing in turn makes you more money! Investing is even a biblical concept (see Luke 19:12-27). There are many reasons to invest. Health issues can arise (as I know so well), retirement money (I know very little about), vacations, etc. Try to save away at least some small amount of money each month. Very important to create budget and stick to it.
- Go out of your way (like drastically out of your way) to let someone know you appreciate them. Travel a long distance to go to a pal’s birthday party. Buy your significant other that pair of shoes they keep talking about. Write someone a letter. You will be happy you did. Remember, you can pick you friends and you can pick your nose. But you can’t pick your friend’s nose.
- Things to not spend a lot of money on:
a. Allergy pills. You can get a 365-day supply for $10 at Costco.
b. A grill – bought mine for $20 on a selling app. Works great.
c. Men’s swimming trunks – endless supply of these at local thrift shops.
d. Watches – bought a $5 watch at Walmart and get compliments on how cool it is all the time.
e. Casino – have a spending limit. Walk in with cash and don’t bring your debit card in. Trust me.
- Things TO spend a lot of money on:
a. Headphones – The bass sounds way better with headphones that a worth a darn.
b. Running Shoes – your feet, knees, ankles, calves, lower back, etc, will all thank you later.
c. Trips – Go on vacations. Moments are priceless.
d. Your Health – Spend the money on taking care of your body. Gym memberships. Healthy food. Counseling.
e. One good hobby – Golfing, gardening, video games, etc. Give yourself one hobby outside of work and family life that allows you to splurge some money. Treat yourself 😊.
Part 2 – SPECIAL INTERVIEW
This week I am excited to share a special Dude With Pots interview. I have had the honor and privilege of getting to know a super talented and extremely interesting guy here in Spokane, WA that is working on some rad musical endeavors. I wanted to take a quick moment to give my good buddy Jacob Weaver a solid promotion here on the blog.
Jacob currently is featured on two songs on the newly released album “Healthy Snacks” by the Hip-Hop artist PEABOD. You can find them on Apple Music and Spotify (see Spotify Link below).
He also has a few free to listen tracks available at Soundcloud.com under Jacob Weaver.
Tell me about yourself. Grew up here in Spokane. You were a soccer star in HS. How was that?
“I have been in love with the game of soccer since I was 3 or 4 years old. My parents were both athletes and introduced soccer to me at a young age. My parents always believed in me and gave me the confidence that soccer was my full-time job in my teenage years if I really wanted to continue pursuing higher levels of competition (club, college, etc.).”
You had the chance to play soccer overseas right out of high school, but ultimately ended up playing college ball. What lead to that choice?
“Right out of high school, a FIFA scout I came to know through a club coach of mine set me up with a try out for a couple of professional teams in Greece. They were going to pay for everything except for the airfare. While I was having to make a decision between this trip and colleges I had committed to, flights into Greece were shut down and tickets became unavailable due to terror watches in Turkey. The very next day, I packed up my things and drove to Northwest University in Kirkland to report to pre-season training. I can’t really explain fully how I ended up there – it was some external pull I felt in that direction that I couldn’t explain. I felt called by God to pursue that option. The brand new, 2 million dollar recording studio helped though.”
Ah music. We will get to that in second. So what ultimately was the reason your soccer career came to an end?
“My health. I had been struggling with strange symptoms for about 3 years when we finally discovered I probably have celiac disease. It is technically still undiagnosed because I haven’t had the scope that is required to fully diagnose it. My blood tests have all come back positive and virtually all of my symptoms have gone away since removing gluten from my diet. It was definitely a challenge playing college sports with this going on, but I worked through it and found some success in managing my symptoms. The golf ball size cysts in my calves gave me the most trouble.”
That leads us into music. How did you get into music and how did college help you continue that?
“I always have had a heart for music. I used to use it as a way to ‘get into my feelings’. I was always good at writing stories and poetry, and I think it just evolved into music. That seemed like the next logical step. I started out rapping just as a joke, making a track for my dad’s birthday with a good friend of mine, but people started telling me it was good and that I should continue rapping. When I showed up at College, Northwest University had just put in a brand-new studio. I spent a lot of time in there. I started out as a recording major before I changed my major 3 more times.”
And I know you also messed around with some techno stuff. I heard your Lord of the Rings remix….
“A good friend of mine and I made that in Garageband. TrickyWeave was the combination of both of our last names but I ended up creating more music under the same name and he was cool with me adopting it as my own (not by choice – it became a nickname).”
Now tell me about these recent songs that you are featured on.
“Well in college I started collaborating a little bit with a friend I met at Northwest U. We met through a battle of the bands event that he (PEABOD) put on. I ended up winning the event and we started making some music together a couple of years later. It was always just for fun, but I knew that he was going to be pursuing a career in music. He’s a gifted songwriter and musician. After I graduated my career started to steer away from music and move into the world of real estate. I have stayed in contact with him and recently he reached out to me letting me know he signed with a record label and was going to be publishing some of the stuff we made back in college. I signed a few papers and here we are!”
Are you planning on creating any more music now that you actually have something out there?
“I am open to further progression in my music career, but it’s going to take a lot of work. I don’t think I’ve done enough to be sought out by any means. I took a little break the last couple of years from putting anything new on Soundcloud, but I have some ideas I am interested in pursuing.”
You are going to be a dad! How does that feel?
“Super exciting! It is like I have a blank canvas to raise a son. I hope he is into sports. Hopefully soccer will be his true sports love. But if not, that’s ok too. I am just really excited to support him in everything he loves.”
Thanks Jacob! Good luck on the music and the rest of your career. And also with parenthood!
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